Global Security in the Twenty-First Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace

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Offering a balanced introduction to contemporary security dilemmas, this book takes as its central theme the key but evolving role of power within the international system. Combining theory and practice, Sean Kay surveys the full range of conceptual frameworks for thinking about power and peace and examines a wide array of current flashpoints in the Middle East, Asia, and Eurasia. He also explores trade and technology, the militarization of space, the privatization of security, the use of sanctions, ethnic ...
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Overview

Offering a balanced introduction to contemporary security dilemmas, this book takes as its central theme the key but evolving role of power within the international system. Combining theory and practice, Sean Kay surveys the full range of conceptual frameworks for thinking about power and peace and examines a wide array of current flashpoints in the Middle East, Asia, and Eurasia. He also explores trade and technology, the militarization of space, the privatization of security, the use of sanctions, ethnic conflict, transnational crime, and terrorism. The book goes beyond common understandings of national defense to consider human security in the form of human rights, democracy, population, health, environment, and energy. Kay integrates traditional and emerging challenges in one study that gives readers the tools they need to develop a thoughtful and nuanced understanding of global security.
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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Coker
This book addresses the dialectic between the quest for power and the search for peace, one of the most important issues of our time. A work of exceptional clarity and depth, it ought to set the agenda for how the international community understands and provides security for the rest of us.
Hans Binnendijk
Sean Kay's comprehensive book provides an important guide to power and peace in the era of globalization. It places traditional international relations theories into the modern context, analyzes great power relations, assesses regional flashpoints, discusses human and environmental security, and evaluates the impact of technology on security policy. This is essential reading for any student of national security affairs.
Anthony C. Zinni
Sean Kay has written a brilliant and sweeping strategic survey of today's world environment. It is a must-read for all those who want to understand the security complexities and challenges we face and the policy implications this changing world presents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742537668
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Kay is chair of the international studies program and professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Table of Contents

1 The dynamics of global security 1
2 The quest for power 15
3 The search for peace 57
4 Great powers and grand strategy 89
5 Regional flashpoints 123
6 Technology and the business of security 167
7 Asymmetrical conflict 217
8 Human security 257
9 The environment and energy security 299
10 Meeting the challenges of power and peace 341
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